Definitions for: Coincidence

[n] the temporal property of two things happening at the same time; "the interval determining the coincidence gate is adjustable"
[n] the quality of occupying the same position or area in space; "he waited for the coincidence of the target and the cross hairs"
[n] an event that might have been arranged although it was really accidental

Webster (1913) Definition: Co*in"ci*dence, n. [Cf. F. co["i]ncidence.]
1. The condition of occupying the same place in space; as,
the coincidence of circles, surfaces, etc. --Bentley.

2. The condition or fact of happening at the same time; as,
the coincidence of the deaths of John Adams and Thomas

3. Exact correspondence in nature, character, result,
circumstances, etc.; concurrence; agreement.

The very concurrence and coincidence of ao many
evidences . . . carries a great weight. --Sir M.

Those who discourse . . . of the nature of truth . .
. affirm a perfect coincidence between truth and
goodness. --South.

Synonyms: concurrence, conjunction, co-occurrence, happenstance

See Also: accident, chance event, concomitance, contemporaneity, contemporaneousness, fortuity, overlap, position, simultaneity, simultaneousness, spatial relation, unison

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